I posted this in the Mets forum, with limited interest. Perhaps this is the correct forum for it. Well, either that or it's just not that interesting I guess.
I am a huge Mets fan/memorabilia collector. The 1962 Mets have become the team I have focused most of my attention on, for several reasons.
For one, I have always been very into '1st's'. The 1st game/season for a franchise. The 1st game in a new stadium. Etc. The fact that the Mets are only 50 years old, and let's face it, have had their share of issues during that time make acquiring vintage stuff from the '62 team ideal. There really is not that much out there to get you distracted and/or off theme, for the most part much of the stuff that is out there is not nearly as expensive as say, vintage Yankees stuff, plus there are just way fewer competitors vying for the top stuff like there are for the Yankees stuff in general.
It was roughly 10 years ago my dad and I started really focusing on the 1962 Mets team. Scouring the internet. Constantly checking eBay for stuff. Going to shows. You name it. Again, being that the market is relatively small, once you become known as a 'serious collector', people actually start seeking you out if they feel they have something you may want.
About 2 years ago I had a 'Eurika!' moment when I was looking through the pieces we have amassed. I realized almost everything we had was flat, and moreso, frameable. Immediatley I had a vision. I/we decided we were going to create the single greatest framed 1962 Mets piece in existance. Over the following year or so I made absolutley sure we had every imaginable artifact that you could concievably fit into a normal size frame pertaining to the 1962 Mets. We even went to visit Andy Fogel, who is the King of Mets Memorabilia to see his collection, and pick up a few of the last things we needed. (Here is a link to his NYT write up from a few years ago if it's never been posted here before. Honestly, it doesn't even do his collection justice. It is absolutley insane. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/24/sp...l/24cheer.html)
Anyway, after roughly a decade amassing everything, planning, and finalizing everything, here is the final piece as it hangs on my fathers wall. It is easily my favorite non-living thing on the planet. I am incredibly proud of how it all came out, and the fact that I, in some manner, have helped protect the history of my favorite team. I also have a 3 ring 'Provenance Book' which contains all the COA's, receipts, prices paid, and any other documentation we have in general.
As a sidenote, I sent these pics to the team itself hoping that maybe they would be able to put it on display in the teams HOF this season. After a lot of discussion I was informed that they very much would love to have it, but it is just too big to fit. They have however invited my family and myself to take it to Citi Field one day this season to go on the field with it pregame and take pictures, which they did not have to do, and which I am really excited and looking forward to doing.
Going from the clockwise from the top left here is what is contained:
-1962 Mets Yearbook
-1962 Mets Team Photo, which was sold at the Polo Grounds
-1962 Mets Media Guide
-1962 Mets Pocket Schedule
-1962 Mets Scorecard from game at Polo Grounds
-1962 Mets Tri-Fold Roster
-28 signatures on letterhead from the Cincinnati Hilton, including Stengel, Ruffing, Ashburn, and Linsday Nelson, authenticated by PSA/DNA.
-Vintage, 1st generation, 'in action' photo of 1962 Mets.
-Full, uncut, 'regular' ticket to the teams 1st Opening Day on 4/13/62, PSA authenticated
-2, full, uncut consecutive 'season tickets' also to the teams 1st Opening Day on 4/13/62, also PSA authenticated. The only ones ever to be authenticated by them, according to their population report.
-In the middle is the scorecard from the 1st game in the history of the franchise on 4/11/62 in St Louis.